Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A ravine or gully, especially in southern Asia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stream.
  • n. The dry bed of a small stream.
  • n. A gorge or ravine.
  • n. A concrete lined channel designed to allow rapid run off of storm water from high ground, to prevent flooding of urbanised coastal areas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A water course, esp. a dry one; a gully; a gorge; -- orig. an East Indian term.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the East Indies, a watercourse: commonly used for the dry bed of a stream.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ravine or gully in southern Asia

Etymologies

Hindi nālā, rivulet, probably of Dravidian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I knew what was happening as well as if I was seeing it - the Company riders, out-sabred, would be drawing off, and sure enough presently the Pathans came down the nullah in good order, clustered round Damodar and the Rani's women; among the last to come was Lakshmibai.

    Fiancée

  • We crossed a deep nullah, and Sher Khan wheeled me all along its far lip, towards a grove of palm and thorn, Where tents were pitched.

    Fiancée

  • I had been on horse-back, riding hard, seeing a shot strike home in a sandy nullah - so why, I wondered irritably, was I now standing up, leaning against something hard, with what seemed to be a polished table top in front of me?

    Fiancée

  • I was ready for it, too, but before I left I found myself riding out on the road to Kota-ki-serai, to have a look at the spot where her people had made a little shrine to Lakshmibai, near the nullah - they thought no end of her, you know, and still do.

    Fiancée

  • That was all I saw before Sher Khan and the other herded me down a little nullah, where we halted and waited while the noise of the skirmish gradually died away.

    Fiancée

  • The Road having big ditches in its middle and a water nullah (stream) also passing through this road having no bridge or culvert.

    Hamsafar Welfare Society arranged maintenance of road on self help basis

  • He said construction of the bridge over Erin nullah and a power project at Athwatu would benefit large chunk of people of the district.

    Government to carry opposition along in development process: Omar

  • Addressing a public gathering at Popchan, Bandipora, after inaugurating a bridge on Erin nullah, the Chief Minister said, “Restoration of peace and development process is the common concern of all of us and we have to deliver on this front working above party politics.”

    Government to carry opposition along in development process: Omar

  • According to SHO police station Chitral a car bearing registration No. PSC 1151 was on its way from Barinus Gol to Chitral town, when it reached to Barinus nullah, fell down in a deep stream while negotiating a sharp turn.

    Two Dead in Road Accident

  • Enforcement of sharia; translated from Urdu booklet "Nifaz-e-shariat" by CauhdriÌ „ AmaÌ „ nullah Lak

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Pakistan on the Brink, by Ahmed Rashid

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  • A gully or ravine as in Tularosa Nullah.

    June 22, 2008